As a Biology major at Thomas More, you will develop the analytical skills to succeed in diverse and rapidly changing fields of science. Your broad scientific training will be based in a foundation of core courses (including biology, chemistry, math, and physics), which lead to options in selecting upper-level biology courses of your own specialization. You will learn to be a strong critical thinker, be involved in diverse and hands-on laboratory settings, and have opportunities to use your degree in incredibly broad ways.
As one of the three largest undergraduate programs at Thomas More, you will simultaneously experience the atmosphere and accessibility of a small campus, but benefit from a vibrant peer and faculty community of biologists and have many opportunities available to you.
Why study Biology at TMU?
Diverse & Specialized Curriculum taught by Expert Faculty. Core foundational courses are complemented by specialized upper-level offerings (e.g., Animal Behavior, Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics). Study abroad opportunities taught by our professors exist in New Zealand and Scotland.
Active Student Organizations. With a large population of students in the department, Thomas More’s majors are very active in clubs including, βββ Biological Honors Society, Biology Club, Blue & Green Club, Pre-Health Professionals Society, Marine Biology Club, and more.
Early Assurance Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Students completing their sophomore year will be eligible for early conditional acceptance into UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus upon graduation from Thomas More.
Successful Alumni. From healthcare (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists), to research (e.g., biomedical, microbiology) and education, to the environmental and public service fields (e.g., Peace Corps, aquatic biologists) our Thomas More biology alumni are making important contributions in diverse careers around the world.
What will I be doing?
Core curriculum enhanced by Specialized courses. Student’s curriculum as a biology major will be formed by a two year core of biology courses (e.g., General Biology I and II, Genetics, Evolution), chemistry and math – which are then complemented by two years in specialized, selected upper-level offerings (e.g., Animal Behavior, Aquatic Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics) and chemistry and physics options.
Thomas More likes to promote that there are “no wrong choices” with the courses you select as a biology major your first two years, because we ask all of the students to form their foundational knowledge before taking their upper-level courses.
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Students have the option to choose a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, in which the student and their faculty advisor will discuss and understand the best decision for them. Both offer advantages (BS provides the most science coursework, while the BA allows more curriculum flexibility) and will allow the student diverse career opportunities.
Options for a Personalized Curriculum Based on Individual Interests & Career Goals. Within both of Thomas More’s biology degrees (BA and BS), numerous tracks and concentrations exist. Concentrations (Cellular & Molecular Biology, Organismic Biology, and Ecological Biology) allow students to take additional coursework in an area of biology. Tracks are geared toward a career preparation based on professional program requirements and include: Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Genetic Counseling, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Forensic Biology, and Pre-Marine Biology.